Day 7 - Stornoway to Ullapool

Posted by: Rob on 29/05/2023
Mainland Scotland


7.79 mi
51.91 mi
29/05/2023 10:05 BST
7.58 mph
17.95 mph
1122.28 Btu
0.06 hp
Elevation Gain
Elevation Gain:
291.99 ft
281.50 ft
Elevation Range
Elevation Range:
93.83 ft
12.47 ft
66 °F
54 °F
327.02 mi
164.17 mi
399.65 mi
327.02 mi
164.17 mi
399.65 mi

Last ferry!

I woke up super early. Like half 4 early. I thought about getting up and riding up to the lighthouse at the northern tip of the island, but I just didn't feel like it as it was freezing cold and miserable, so I went back to sleep! I am on holiday after all!

I woke up again at a more reasonable time. Some noisy cretins had arrived last night and left half their gear outside. It was now being demolished by a bunch of huge seagulls much to their despair and my amusement!

I needed to check in for the ferry at 13:15, so had a few hours to look around Stornoway.

My first stop was a Co-op. In fact the biggest Co-op I've ever been to. It was full on supermarket sized and had staff and everything. I got some supplies including a PAC and a PAR for old time's sake, then had a look for somewhere to get a coffee.

Of course, it's a bank holiday! So everywhere was as shut as it was yesterday. I eventually found a normal sized Co-op with a machine inside.

I looked around the harbour and a bit further up the coast. I found the end of the Hebridean Way (one of them, there's a spur to the aforementioned lighthouse) before heading for the ferry terminal.

I really don't get why you have to be there 45 minutes before departure. I just stood around for 44 minutes, then got let on.

The ferry was much busier than the one from Oban, but I found a seat next to a power supply and plugged in my various things to charge.

It was a 2 hour 40 minute journey and it was still as a mill pond. The weather was now glorious.

The journey passed quickly and it was back down to collect my bike.

I'd found a campsite very close to the terminal, so I made sure I got ahead of the other cyclists and backpackers to get there first incase they were busy!

I needn't have bothered - there was loads of room! It's a fantastic site with a nice vibe to it. Right by the water too.

I was quite looking forward to a cook up in the evening sun, but there's a chippy just down the road, so fish and chips it was!

I've had a shower and done some washing. Drying nicely in the sun and breeze. And according to the forecast, it's going to be sunny with no rain as far into the future as they're prepared to predict! The dreary weather on the islands yesterday had dented my mood, but now the sun's out and staying out I can't wait for an epic west to east crossing of Scotland tomorrow. Dunno how far I'll get, have to wait and see...

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Simon on 29/05/2023 22:41:24
Well done mate. The Hebridean way tamed! I know it's a cliche, but wow, there certainly are some views! Good luck on the mainland!
Karen on 29/05/2023 20:40:00
Good to hear the weather has improved - looks lovely. Pastries and fish & chips look pretty good too! Well done on finishing the Hebridean Way, and good luck for your trip across Scotland.
Rob on 29/05/2023 21:20:11
Ta. I'm the fullest and warmest I've been in a week!